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·28 September 2022

André Villas-Boas: “I thought we had Modrić signed and he ended up at Real Madrid.”

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Ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has admitted the club missed out on Real Madrid’s Luka Modrić while the Croatian was at Tottenham.

“We missed the [Luka] Modric deal at the beginning of the season,” he says of Chelsea’s failed attempt to sign the midfielder. “If the Modric deal was not to be done there was the [Joao] Moutinho deal to be done. That was the promise of Roman at that time.

“Moutinho joined the Premier League years and years after I tried – proposing to both Chelsea and Tottenham – and everybody has seen the player that he is. So that denial of him was a failure that you can’t [blame on] a coach. I thought that we had the Modric deal done and he ended up in Real Madrid the season after,” he said in an interview with The Telegraph.

“Then the Moutinho deal was to be done with Porto but the problem was the deal (for Chelsea) for the left-back of Porto, Alvaro Pereira, fell through. Roman felt p—-d off. So, no Modric, no Moutinho…[Radamel] Falcao is another one that was about to come in but then you had [Didier] Drogba who couldn’t decide whether he wanted to leave or not in January. He was about to go to Shanghai, then he isn’t anymore and then Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea’s influential director] she wanted Carlos Tevez and suddenly she doesn’t want Tevez anymore.”

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